Test data in production

2005/04/20 at 10:35

If you go to the Nike Women Store Locator and select Afghanistan from the list, you’ll see that there’s a store named ‘blabla’ in a city called ‘test’ (found on This is Broken).
Oops. Somehow, the developer of this little application managed to get test data into the production application.

Well, it could have been worse: at least the city wasn’t named ‘f*ck’ and the store, ‘sh*t’ (asterisks for the sake of web filters, not because I’m a prude). As a software QA engineer, I used to use profanities in my test data. My vulgar data never made it into production, but my test system got used often enough for demos to management or, heaven forbid, customers that I finally learned my lesson.